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Thirteenth Session of the Subsidiary Bodies of the UNFCCC
Lyon, France; 4 - 15 September 2000

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Highlights from Monday, 11 September
On the opening day of the thirteenth sessions of the FCCC subsidiary bodies (SB-13), delegates convened in the morning for a welcoming ceremony and to address organizational matters. In the afternoon, a joint session of the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI) and the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA) was held, during which Parties made general statements and addressed issues relating to adverse effects, compliance, activities implemented jointly (AIJ), the mechanisms, and capacity building. In addition, SBSTA considered a number of issues, including land use, land-use change and forestry (LULUCF), technology transfer, and policies and measures. A contact group met to discuss capacity building and informal consultations were held on administrative and financial matters.

Above and below : French Prime Minister Lionel Jospin addresses the Plenary. RealAudio available below.

Arrival of French Prime Minister Lionel Jospin

French Prime Minister Lionel Jospin arrives and is greeted by UNFCCC Executive Secretary Michael Zammit Cutajar and Deputy Executive Secretary Tahar Hadj-Sadok

Down to the Plenary Hall for the Welcoming Ceremony . . .

>>Bottom left is French Environment Minister Dominique Voynet

Prime Minister Jospin and Executive Secretary Michael Zammit Cutajar enter the Plenary Hall

Welcoming Ceremony
COP-5 President Jan Szyszko (Poland) asked delegates to stand for a moment of silence in memory of Professor Shukong Zhong of China and Jean Ripert, former delegate of France and Chair the FCCC Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee.
FCCC Executive Secretary Michael Zammit Cutajar drew participants' attention to two political challenges: the need to support developing countries in their response to climate change impacts; and the importance of realizing the goals of the Protocol. He cautioned against attempts to renegotiate parts of the Protocol, as this would result in its collapse.
RealAudio of Zammit Cutajar's speech: in English  en français

Raymond Barre, Mayor of the City of Lyon, expressed his hope for a successful outcome for SB-13. He noted the presence of France's Prime Minister and Minister of Spatial Planning and Environment as a sign of the political and economic importance attached to the work on climate change

RealAudio of Mayor Barre's address:
English interpretation  en français

Lionel Jospin, Prime Minister of France, stressed the importance of domestic action as the most important instrument to reduce emissions, and said the mechanisms should be applicable to no more than half of the efforts from each state. He also expressed caution over the inclusion of sinks. He stated that his Government's recent measures to mitigate the impact of rising oil prices did not compromise France's climate change programme
RealAudio of Prime Minister Jospin's welcoming address:
English interpretation:
Part one
Part two
en fran�ais:
Premi�re partie

Deuxi�me partie
Prime Minister Jospin meets the press
From left to right: Karl Goldschwend, Chief of Protocol, UN; Rohitha Yapa and Jack Van de Boomen, UN Security, and Salwa Dallalah, Conference Affairs Manager, UNFCCC Secretariat.

Meeting with FCCC Secretariat staff

Following Plenary, Jospin and Voynet took the time to meet with members of the FCCC Secretariat.

Left: French Environment Minister Dominique Voynet (third from right) with Secretariat staff members Fabrice Lantheaume, Isabelle Colineau, Eve Kolasa, C�cile Camenen, Moussa Diakhite and Joanna Depledge

. . . . and with Prime Minister Lionel Jospin
Hotel de Ville
Following the Welcoming Ceremony, the Prime Minister, the Mayor of Lyon, COP-5 President Szyzsko and Executive Secretary Cutajar proceeded to the beautiful Hotel de Ville (town hall) for a luncheon with Heads of Delegations and other invited guests. Below, center: Prime Minister Jospin enters the Hotel de Ville with COP-5 President Jan Szyzsko and Mayor of Lyon Raymond Barr

Cutajar, Szyzsko visit the balcony of the Hotel de Ville (above) followed by a tour of the building (right)

Above left: Ambassador Bo Kjellen (Sweden) and SBSTA Chair Harold Dovland. Above center: Jospin and Barr. Above right: Raoul Estrada (Argentina) and Szyzsko

Greenpeace held a demonstration outside the Palais des Congres illustrating dangers from the use of nuclear energy and opposing its use as a response to the greenhouse effect.

In the corridors...

Delegates have been discussing rumors about a possible deal under negotiation between certain developed country groups. While the details remain hazy, some speculation centered around an agreement on parts of the text relating to the mechanisms, while others suggested the agreement may incorporate a wider package deal. Observers suggest such a move, which would marginalize developing countries, could provoke a backlash in the negotiations.

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